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Agriculture should be supported

By Du Yu 杜宇

Apart from passive defense, the limited absorption rate in the domestic market for agricultural products and the reliance on the international market to adjust supply and demand, and price stability, should also be considered.

After consolidating the domestic market, localized agriculture should be used to promote “customized” agriculture directed at global consumers and make sure that agricultural products are top quality by using special production zones to allow product selection and breeding, special feed and fertilizer mixtures, pest extermination, long-term regulation, post-harvest management, strict food safety controls and specialized storage and transportation techniques to satisfy the particular preferences of consumers in different countries and regions.

The government should then help obtain international agricultural quality and safety certifications to gain a successful foothold in international markets.

Since there is a group of technologically capable domestic farmers, a smooth response to the trade liberalization could be achieved, relying on the uniqueness and superior quality of their products to reach the top global consumer segment, turning the nation’s agricultural products into trendy foods.

If these steps are taken, there would no longer be cause to fear deregulation of the domestic agricultural market. Instead, trade in agricultural products could be changed from a stumbling block to a strong bargaining chip.

Only by changing our thinking can we stop the nation’s agriculture from wasting away.

Du Yu is a member of the Chen-Li task force for Agricultural Reform.

Translated by Perry Svensson

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